The powertrains haven't been updated for 2014, and this year's F-150 carries forward with the same ratings as last year's model. At its best, the F-150 offers some of the best fuel economy ratings in the segment, which has drawn some of the V-8 crowd to the more efficient turbocharged V-6 engines.
The engine lineup in the F-150 was updated three years ago, bringing a pair of V-8s and a pair of V-6s to the option list. The base six-cylinder that can replace an eight for many buyers is rated as high as 17/23 mpg. Even the turbocharged V-6, a suitable V-8 replacement for almost any need, gets an EPA-rated 16/22 mpg. The most powerful engine found in the off-road-ready Raptor guzzles gas to the tune of 11/14 mpg.
The F-150 acquits itself well, but GM's new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra earn better numbers with their V-6 models. The Ram 1500 V-6 with an eight-speed automatic far outpaces it, at a highest 18/25-mpg rating. Still, the F-150 at least acknowledges the reality that even small improvements in pickup-truck efficiency mean huge reductions in fuel usage. As the best-selling vehicle in America, it plays a big part in cutting fuel use, with every small gain it makes.